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Sam Deffenbaugh wrote “Virginia” in 7th grade after moving from his childhood home to Chicago. Although this song is literally about moving away from Virginia, it is meant to invoke the feeling of absence and longing that comes with any move. Moving makes the old home into an idyllic place that is unobtainable. The danger is that one might not see moving as a chance for reinvention and growth and instead focus on the lost friendships and tarnished memories. 


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